Men's golf team places fourth
Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Sports
The Dragons had a great showing during the first round when the team combined to shoot 306. This positioned the team in a tie for the lead with Delaware going into the final round.
Sophomore Trevor Sahn helped the Dragons first round score by shooting a 74. Senior team captain Sean Semenetz pitched in with a first round score of 75, while fellow senior Mike Carr shot an impressive 77.
The Dragons began the next round with confidence from their first round success. Sahn proved his first-round score was no fluke by posting a 1-over-par score of 73. Not to be outdone, Semenetz posted a 73 to help the Dragons stay in contention.
Solid performances by Andy Frank and Mike Serensits helped the Dragons stay in the top five during the second round.
When the dust settled on the second round, the Lehigh University team was victorious. Lehigh golfer Steve Suarez improved his first round score by 17 strokes by shooting a 65, the lowest round of the tournament.
The Mountain Hawks improved on their overall score by 30 strokes in comparison with the first round. No player on the Lehigh team shot over 77 on day two.
Only five strokes separated the second-place Wildcats, third-place Blue Hens and fourth-place Dragons.
Drexel coach Mike Dynda knew his team did not perform as well as they would have liked to.
"The performance was an improvement, but our guys want to win," Dynda said. "Hopefully this will spring our play forward for the CAA Championships."
Individually, Sahn tied for fifth place overall in the tournament, while Semenetz finished in seventh place with a tournament score of 148. Sahn's 147 was only two strokes off the tournament winner, Villanova's Brendan Kelly.
"Trevor and I like to talk a little trash to each other in order to push ourselves to be the best we can," Semenetz said.
An overall fourth-place finish was extremely important for the Dragons with only one more match to go before conference play begins. The team's performance at Center Valley Golf Course was the best of the spring thus far.
The Dragons' next tournament will be the Swarthmore Invitational in Springfield, Pa. The team will look to build on its performance to compete with some tough conference competition.
After the team travels to Springfield, the team will travel to beautiful Callaway Gardens, Ga. for the CAA Championships April 17 to April19. Semenetz feels the team will use last year's experience to its benefit.
"Last year allowed us to realize we have the ability to compete with conference opponents," Semenetz said.